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Bidwell Mansion

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Address: 525 Esplanade, Chico, CA
Phone Number: (530) 895-6144

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Interesting place to obtain histroy of area

The Bidwells were interesting leaders and pioneers in the Northern Sacramento area. The tour is very informative.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Oroville, California
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Oroville, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Bidwells were interesting leaders and pioneers in the Northern Sacramento area. The tour is very informative.

Thank 1MsMS
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Lots of serials to learn about this amazing home. Sits right on Chico campus and should not be missed if you are trying to get the "Chico vibe" worth a stop just to see the 200+ variety of trees

Thank Ginger P
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great tour provided by Park Ranger. Tour includes grounds and first and second floor. Victorian design many original items some from same time period.grounds include car garage. Very interesting exhibit. Close to csu Chico campus take a walk on campus later. Affordable and small gift shop.

Thank Elaina M
Magalia, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Bidwell Mansion lies at the center of Chico, the pride and joy of all. Its architectural design hearkens back to an age when land owners displayed their success with large mannors. The furnished mansion is on display, with a docent providing the historical backdrop. All in all, a very satisfying experience helping visitors relate to an elegant time.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

If you want to know the history of this community....a tour of the Bidwell Mansion is essential! You will learn how the Bidwells converted this sleepy area into a bustling farming community, business community and opened their house to the local tribe for education! Thanks for General Bidwell, Bidwell Park can never ever be changed....it's a perpetual gift from his... More 

Thank Diane H
Eugene, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

I had never heard of John Bidwell before coming to Chico. Seems everything is named Bidwell in Chico. In taking the tour I found out why. Fascinating man. Great tour.

Thank Brandon R
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016 via mobile

Pretty good tour with Gretchen she was very very knowledgeable. Gave lots of info and answered questions. Place is neat. However its not in its original state...about only 30%of the things there now ,belonged to the Bidwells.

Thank 27beachbum27
Chico ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

Stuffed full of antiques and memorabilia, this mansion is an awesome place to take out-of-town visitors for an afternoon.

Thank Llynny
San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2016

Chico is foremost a college town. But it also has its own interesting little history entwined with major movements in U.S. history. The Gold Rush, the Suffragettes and Prohibition were all part of the lives of the Bidwells who founded Chico. Their story along with a lot of interesting Victorian furniture and artifacts are part of the terrific tour at... More 

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Redding, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2016

My co-worker and I decided to stop in Chico for a bite to eat after being at a seminar in Oroville. We were so glad we did! I have lived in the surrounding area for 30+ years and never had taken the tour. The Mansion is very well-preserved, beautiful craftsmanship, interesting artifacts and well-kept grounds. I was extremely impressed with... More 

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